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Shares Issued and Outstanding: 55,670,715
TORONTO and NEW YORK, March 30 /CNW/ - Mountain Province Diamonds Inc
(TSX: MPV, AMEX: MDM) (the "Company") announced today that, as at the end of
day, it will take-up all common shares of Camphor Ventures Inc. ("Camphor
Ventures") that have been tendered to date to its offer (the "Offer") to
purchase all of the outstanding common shares, options or warrants of Camphor
Ventures (collectively, the "Camphor Securities"). The take-up of the Camphor
Common Shares that have been tendered to date will result in the Company
owning approximately 13,884,500 common shares, representing approximately
93.3% of the Camphor Ventures shares outstanding on a non-diluted basis.
Mountain Province also announced that it has elected to extend the Offer
to acquire all of the outstanding Camphor Securities on the basis of 0.41
Mountain Province common shares, options or warrants, as the case may be, per
Camphor Ventures common share, option or warrant. The Offer is now open for
acceptance until 4:30 p.m. (Vancouver time) on April 16, 2007. All other terms
of the Offer remain unchanged. The holders of Camphor Ventures securities will
receive a formal Notice of Extension from Pacific Corporate Trust Company, the
depositary under the Offer, by mail.
Mountain Province mailed the Offer, together with an accompanying
take-over bid circular (the "Circular"), to shareholders of Camphor Ventures
on or about February 23, 2007. The Offer and Circular are available on SEDAR.
The directors of Camphor Ventures unanimously recommended acceptance of the
Offer in a directors' circular filed on SEDAR and mailed to Camphor Ventures'
shareholders on or about February 23, 2007. Further details of the Offer and
the support agreement entered into between Mountain Province and Camphor
Ventures were set forth in the news release issued by Mountain Province and
Camphor Ventures on February 7, 2007.
Located in Canada's Northwest Territories, Gahcho Kué is the largest new
diamond mine under development globally. The project consists of a cluster of
three primary kimberlites with an indicated resource of approximately
14.4 million tonnes grading at 1.64 carats per tonne (approximately 23.6
million carats) and an inferred resource of approximately 17 million tonnes
grading at 1.35 carats per tonne (approximately 22.9 million carats). Gahcho
Kué is currently in the permitting and advanced exploration stage of
development. At full production the Gahcho Kué diamond mine is expected to
produce approximately 3 million carats a year over 15 years.
Mountain Province and Camphor Ventures are joint venture partners with De
Beers Canada Inc in the Gahcho Kué diamond project. Mountain Province has a
44.1 percent interest in the Joint Venture; Camphor 4.9 percent; and De Beers
51 percent. Mountain Province had previously acquired 33.5 percent of Camphor
Ventures, increasing the Company's effective interest in the Joint Venture to
approximately 46 percent. On February 23, 2007, the Company mailed documents
relating to a Take-Over Bid for the balance of the outstanding shares, options
and warrants to Camphor Ventures to Camphor's shareholders. De Beers is the
operator of the project and solely responsible for funding the project through
to commercial production. By funding and completing a definitive feasibility
study De Beers can increase its interest to 55 percent. By arranging funding
for and completing construction of mine, De Beers can increase its interest to
This news release has been prepared under the supervision of Carl G.
Verley, P.Geo., who serves as the qualified person under National Instrument
This news release may contain forward-looking statements, within the
meaning of the "safe-harbor" provision of the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995, regarding MPV's and CFV's business or financial condition.
Actual results could differ materially from those described in this news
release as a result of numerous factors, some of which are outside the control
of MPV and CFV.
The Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange have not reviewed
and do not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this
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For further information:
For further information: Mountain Province Diamonds Inc., Patrick Evans,
President and CEO, Tel: (416) 361-3562